Thursday June 4, 2020

Dying for glory in vain on a country road

As yet another member of the Dunlop family perishes in a motorcycle road race, it’s time to look at society’s complicity in an unacceptably dangerous sport

15th July, 2018
William Dunlop was the third member of his family to die while racing

Watching yet another tragic Dunlop family funeral on the news, I was taken back to a moment more than half a century ago. It was so vivid and compelling that I can still recall it. It was the moment that, as a young child, I first had the astonishing and terrifying experience of being present at motor cycle road racing.

In short trousers and standing beside my father on a roadside ditch, somewhere out in...

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